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Activists Protest SF Sludge, But Not WH

From a context-free Associated Press:

Demonstrators with the Organic Consumers Association pour city-issued compost on the steps of city hall in San Francisco, Thursday, March 4, 2010

Organic activists protest San Francisco compost


March 4, 2010

SAN FRANCISCO — San Francisco wears its environmental consciousness like a green badge of honor. A city department even gives away processed sewage sludge for use in community, backyard and school gardens.

The bio-solids compost has drawn the ire of a public interest and environmental advocacy group.

The Organic Consumers Association doesn’t think the variety used in gardens or the one laid on farmlands is tested enough and is waging a national campaign against its use. The sludge, they say, could potentially include thousands of industrial, pharmaceutical and chemical toxins and carcinogens.

"This sludge belongs in a hazardous waste dump," said Ronnie Cummins, the group’s national director, before he poured some of the compost on carefully laid out plastic sheeting at the steps of San Francisco City Hall on Thursday.

In San Francisco, a utility spokesman said federally mandated testing shows that the compost it distributes to the gardens has far lower levels of nine pollutants than the Environmental Protection Agency deems acceptable.

"We’re in the business of protecting public health and the environment," Tyrone Jue said. "That’s our mandate and our mission statement. That’s what we do. If for even a minute we thought one of our activities was going against that mandate we would absolutely stop."

Several cities in California have bio-solid compost giveaways, including Los Angeles, San Diego, San Juan Capistrano, Santa Rosa, Fortuna, Carlsbad, and Calabasas, according to the Organic Consumers Association. Sewage or bio-solids compost is also packaged and sold in major house and garden centers across the country…

The organic advocates group chose San Francisco because it is so environmentally aware. "San Francisco as the greenest large city in the country should be the first to stop this," Cummins said…

There is no hard science that the compost is safe, the organic groups say, while there is anecdotal evidence that it is not.

In 2008, for example, a federal judge in Georgia ruled in favor of farmers who sued the United States Department of Agriculture when their cows became ill and died after eating silage grown on land upon which the compost had been applied.

U.S. District Court Judge Anthony Alaimo concluded that "the EPA cannot assure the public that current land application practices are protective of human health and the environment."

Last fall, The Center for Food Safety, an advocacy group with offices in Washington, D.C. and San Francisco, tried to raise awareness of the bio-solids issue when it petitioned San Francisco to end the compost giveaways.

The city made no promises. But the PUC stopped calling its free compost "organic." Under USDA rules, no sewage sludge compost, or farms that use bio-solids, can be called "organic." …

We’re confused.

If ‘sludge’ was good enough for the White House ‘organic garden’ under the Clintons and now under the Obamas, why isn’t it good enough for San Francisco?

Why the double standard?

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, March 8th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

3 Responses to “Activists Protest SF Sludge, But Not WH”

  1. NoNeoCommies says:

    What else would you expect from the true “Party of NO”?

  2. proreason says:

    “If ‘sludge’ was good enough for the White House ‘organic garden’ under the Clintons and now under the Obamas, why isn’t it good enough for San Francisco?”

    Well, even the degenerates in San Francisco haven’t yet risen to the heights of criminality practices by the Clintons and the Obamy’s, their blood rivals for the emperor’s robes.

    Although I would give the crown to the the San Franciscoan’s if it were purely based on the level of perversion, the Clintonistas and the Obamashiks have both demonstrated that their capability and intent for evil far exceeds the moral depravity of even the gallactically debased human sludge in San Francisco.

    And even the Queen of SF Perverts, Nancy the Witch, is simply too stupid to be able to create damage up to the standards of those two slimy criminal families.

  3. canary says:

    yeah, but those photos at the WH plantation making those slave children wash those peas & lettuce was worse than torture of terrorists. Oh, but just to say you worked in the garden was worth it to.

    They left out bugs & parasites, and if not, then it means major chemicals were used.

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